What if we told you that one of philanthropy’s most ubiquitous practices is nearly always a burden to nonprofits and a disappointment to funders?
New York Foundation’s approach to reporting is intentionally streamlined and is known for funding organizations in their earliest stages and groups operating with limited resources.
Deaconess Foundation takes a "blank slate" approach when revisting reporting. While the organization has climbed a pretty steep learning curve when it comes to employment grantmaking, both the staff and board share an eagerness to get better.
Over the last two years, The Elmezzi Foundation has focused on gaining clarity, and learning from grantees, about how their combined efforts can help achieve the foundation’s intended outcomes.
How does Qatar Foundation International think about reporting - what is its raison d'etre?
From our experience, a relational, conversational approach to reporting frees you up to more truly listen and to be more of a partner in the work in all kinds of ways (e.g. advocating, connecting, convening).
“This survey has gotten me to think about ways that I can improve our reporting templates. Rather than vaguely asking grantees to report on their progress toward their research aims, I think that I could improve our reporting templates by asking more directed questions…” 2017 Revisit Reporting Survey Comment Like the funder above, many of us take grant reporting, well, for granted. The fact is: for grantmakers and grant recipients alike, the process can feel inevitable. Grantmakers make grants, recipients say thank you, and about a year later (sometimes much more frequently), the recipient says thanks again, and writes several
While there is a nearly universal belief that grant reports are necessary, there is far less agreement about frequency and format, required elements, and uses (never mind, usefulness!).
When it comes down to actual practice, does our design and use of reporting match our intentions?
It has taken time for both the foundation and grantees to orient interactions with Bush toward learning, not in place of accountability but with an equal emphasis on candor, reflection and learning.